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So Much for Doctor/Patient Confidentiality – 20,000 Patient Records

Patient Data Posted Online in Huge Breach of Privacy

Published: September 8, 2011

A medical privacy breach at Stanford University’s hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., led to the public posting of medical records for 20,000 emergency room patients, including names and diagnosis codes, on a commercial Web site for nearly a year, the hospital has confirmed….
….The spreadsheet contained names, diagnosis codes, account numbers, admission and discharge dates, and billing charges for patients seen at Stanford Hospital’s emergency room   Full Story

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How Is Norma?

A sweet grandmother telephoned the local Patient Protection Affordable Care Hospital.

She timidly asked, “Is it possible  to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?”

The operator said, “I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room number of the patient?”

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, “Norma Findlay, room 302.”

The operator replied, “Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse’s station for that room.”

After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said, “I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is  fine; her blood work just came back normal and her physician, Dr. Barack, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow.”

The grandmother said, “Thank you. That’s wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news.”

The operator replied, “You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?”

The grandmother said, “No, I’m Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me shit.”

TRUE STORY (names have been changed to protect the guilty)

H/t our beloved Doc’s Wife  😀


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